Cheshire to host Great Balloon Race this summer

A Cheshire castle will host an ‘aerial extravaganza’ this summer.

Bolesworth Castle in Chester will host the Great Balloon Race over three nights this summer.

The event will feature up to 50 hot air balloons that will fill the skies above Cheshire and neighbouring counties.

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The balloons will then return for a ‘dazzling night glow’ accompanied by the Ibiza Classics Orchestra.

The Great Balloon Race will be held in the castle grounds across the weekend of August 6 to August 8.

Adam Faulkner, event organiser, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing the Great Balloon Race festival to Bolesworth Castle.

“It has been a year since our last show – and a hard year for everyone – so we have gone all out to make this a truly fantastic evening for families and friends to enjoy.

“There are some amazing balloons on display including a Grenade, an F1 Car as well as a few special designs which will be revealed for the first time this summer.

“We have also brought together some incredible aerial entertainment, which is a must see, while the hot air balloon light glow to music is just stunning.”

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The entertainment also includes a daredevil paramotor display by the Sky Rascals and a breath-taking Sky Dance from a 100ft crane by Incandescence.

Each evening ends with a headline set from a 90s UK chart sensation before a dynamic fireworks display.

Balloon flights are also available with prices starting from £325 for an individual on a shared flight, £950 for a couple and up to £1,650 for a party of six.

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The event organisers have put in place socially distanced measures to ensure the event is as safe as it is enjoyable.

This includes allocated plots for a maximum of six people, hand sanitiser stations, operating a ‘click & collect’ food and drinks service – via an event app – and additional toilet facilities

There are three options of plots available, standard, premium and VIP with prices ranging from £65 to £240.

All balloon activities are weather permitting and conducted in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority guidelines.

For more details of the event, go to the Great Balloon Race website.

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